Trolls Block Their WayTo A Win

Trinity played host to Concordia University (River Forest, Chicago) in a non-conference match. The Trolls needed four sets to defeat the Cougars, but got the win to start the month off on the right path. The team took the first two sets with scores of 25-18 and 25-21. The third set went to extra points before the Trolls lost a 27-25. They came back in fourth set to gain control and post a 25-16 win to finish the match.  The team is now 9-6 for the season.

In the opening set the Trolls did not take over the lead for good until they went ahead at 9-8. From there they slowly started to pull away and created a seven point gap at 23-16. They held that difference to the final 25-18 win.

The second set was much like the first as the Trolls gained a slight advantage and continued to hold it throughout the set. They remained on the top of the scoreboard, but could not completely pull away. On a block by Jake Ostema and Danny Lawrence they created a 21-16 difference. Concordia closed to within three, but the Trolls held them off for the 25-21 win.

In the third set the Trolls had as much as a five point lead at 15-10. They were still ahead at 18-15 until Concordia rallied off the next five points to put the Trolls in a two point deficit. Trinity tied the score at 21-21 only to have the Cougars score the next three points to reach set point at 24-21. The Trolls fought back to make it a 24-24 deadlock.  Concordia determined the final points of the set as a kill and service error made it 25-25 and two more kills gave them the win.

The Trolls came back from the setback in the third set to take control of the fourth set. They stretched a 5-4 score to a 12-5 lead on a serving run by Ostema. Trinity kept their sizable lead throughout the set and ended with two blocks for the 25-16 win.

For the match the Trolls had 41 kills with a .216 attacking percentage. Concordia had 50 kills with a .086 attacking percentage. Trinity was big at the net with 16 blocks while the Cougars had five. Ben Tocila and Dan Ryan led the offensive with 10 kills each. Defensively Jonathan Poortinga and Lawrence each had 10 blocks. Tocila and Adam Becker recorded 10 digs each.

The team plays next in a conference match at home against St. Ambrose University on March 5 at 7 pm.